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Grantee News • November 17, 2016

Imagine swallowing a pill today that continues releasing the daily dose of a medicine you need for the next week, month or even longer. Investigators have developed a long-acting drug delivery capsule that may help to do just that in the future. To test the capsule's real-world applications, the team used both mathematical modeling and animal models to investigate the effects of delivering a sustained therapeutic dose of a drug called ivermectin, which is used to treat parasitic infections. Read more at MIT News.

Science Highlights • November 15, 2016
Data scientists have discovered seven genetic variants linked to intracranial volume, Parkinson’s disease risk, and cognitive ability.
Grantee News • November 10, 2016

Researchers have combined one of nature’s tiny miracles, the diatom, with a version of inkjet printing and optical sensing to create an exceptional sensing device that may be up to 10 million times more sensitive than some other commonly used approaches. Read more at Phys.Org.

Grantee News • November 7, 2016

A new imaging technique stimulates particles to emit laser light and could create higher-resolution images of living tissues, say scientists. Read more at MIT News.

Grantee News • November 7, 2016

A magnetic ink has been developed that can be used to make self-healing batteries, electrochemical sensors and wearable, textile-based electrical circuits. Read more at UC San Diego News Center.

Grantee News • November 3, 2016

A new method for encapsulating single cells within tunable microgels could boost efficacy of cell-based therapies and tissue engineering. Read more at Wyss Institute News.

NIBIB in the News • November 3, 2016
NIBIB's Scientific Director, Richard Leapman, comments on a new technique that brings color to electron microscopy. Read the full story at www.the-scientist.com.
NIBIB in the News • October 28, 2016

The challenge facing neuroimagers is far more complex than mapping the Earth’s continents and oceans. It’s like trying to infer how human society does (and does not) work by studying a satellite image. Read more at OZY.

Science Highlights • October 28, 2016
National Institutes of Health-funded scientists have developed a new diagnostic test for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder currently affecting around 30,000 Americans. The new device provides a cheaper, easier way to detect levels of chloride in sweat, which are elevated in cystic fibrosis patients. A similar strategy could be applied to other diseases that present with elevated levels of different ions, such as bromide and iodide, and the simplicity of the approach could make diagnostic tests more accessible around the world.
Grantee News • October 19, 2016

A biocompatible and highly stretchable optical fiber has now been created from hydrogel -- an elastic, rubbery material composed mostly of water. The fiber, which is as bendable as a rope of licorice, may one day be implanted in the body to deliver therapeutic pulses of light or light up at the first sign of disease. Read more at MIT News.

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